We hate to break it to you, but you won’t be young forever. This mortality check may come as a shock to some, but you need to know that your hair will get thinner, your skin drier, and you’ll come to love shows about gardening and sheds.
Although these things are inevitable, there is a way to slow down the ageing process and grow old looking smooth. From getting a thinning friendly cut with Wahl clippers to infection fighting pedicures, follow these tried-and-tested grooming tips to look like you got your hands on the fountain of youth.
Get a cut that suits thinning hair
If you’re not ready to dive in and say goodbye to your hair all together (even though studies show that bald men are more attractive and successful), get a haircut that suits your thinning hair rather than hiding it with a hat or combover.
“If you have a receding hairline or a strong widows peak, don’t make it obvious by styling your hair backwards,” advises Dan Glass, Senior Barber at Murdock London. “A slick back or pompadour will only overemphasise a weak hairline. Instead, do the opposite and wear the hair forwards. Try incorporating a fringe into your new style with either a longer, more relaxed mod cut (think Brit Pop and Madchester) or a super sharp ‘90s crop with a box fringe. Both styles are bang on trend and a lot more complimentary when your hairline has seen better days.”
And if your hair is still a bit lacklustre after the cut, swap your wax for sea salt spray to add natural looking texture and volume.
But if it's time for it to go, then it's time for it to go. Just take the plunge and shave it off with a pair of Pro Cordless Clippers that has multiple settings, so you can take your buzz cut down one step at a time.
Look out for nose hair
Wahl Micro Finisher Lithium Detail Trimmer
As you get older you’ll find hairs in places you never thought you’d get hairs. Using Wahl's Micro Finisher Lithium Detail Trimmer is an easy and affordable piece of grooming tech every man needs in his bathroom, and is the safest and most pain-free option (just try plucking one nose hair, we dare you).
Some tips before you start though. First, get a magnifying mirror to make sure you can see clearly up your nose, because there’s nothing more annoying than going out and feeling one rogue hair curling out. Two, blow your nose prior to trimming to remove anything that could get in the way and blow afterwards to remove any excess hair.
Manicures & pedicures
Aldwyn & Sons
Whether it’s your job, working out or general everyday wear and tear, as life goes on our hands and feet can go through hell. No one wants a father with nails like Pete Doherty, so it’s important to go for manicures and pedicures now and then. But did you know there are more benefits than just making your appendages look like they’ve never went through a day of manual labour?
“Manicures and pedicures are a key part of a man’s maintenance, especially as men get older,” explains Aldwyn Boscawen, founder of the UK's first men’s pedicure destination, Aldwyn & Sons. “Having a treatment can be diagnostic as well as preventative, as therapists can recognise warning signs of potential problems. Maintaining good foot health and hygiene can prevent infections, which is important because having an infection can cause great discomfort and be difficult to remove."
But wait, there's more! "Pedicures, which include massage, can also reduce the stress and aches on men’s feet and promote blood circulation.”
C'mon lads. Save a life. Get your feet done.
Pick the right moisturiser
You wouldn’t put any old fuel in a car without knowing what it needed, so don’t put a bog standard moisturiser on your face. Find out what type of skin you have (dry, oily, sensitive, combination) before investing in a decent product, as using the wrong one could be doing you more harm than good e.g. a standard moisturiser on oily skin could be making your face greasier.
If you're unsure of your skin type, visit a dermatologist or add on a facial to your next trim, where an expert will be able to advise you. “It's just as important for men to get facials as women as our skin takes just as much of a battering on a day to day basis, especially those in cities,” states Ben Vowels, a Senior Barber at Murdock London. “With so much pollution and free radicals in the air it's good to cleanse it all out. Facials are also great for removing excess dead skin cells to allow the skin to look younger and fresher”.
Manage your eyebrows
If your eyebrows have developed a mind of their own, use a small moustache brush to point your hairs upwards then use scissors to trim the unruly ones.
For the hairs in the middle (your semi-unibrow, if you will), pluck them out with tweezers. If you can’t stand eyebrow pain, stretch the skin back where the hairs are with the thumb and forefinger of your non-tweezer hand, as this will stop excess skin pulling.
Do not try and cheat by just shaving them with your razor, as they’ll only grow back thicker, darker and itchier. Go for this Ultimate Travel Kit instead, which houses every essential grooming tool you need to get the job done properly.
Grow older and wiser by upping your game with Wahl's selection of hair clippers, beard trimmers and electric shavers – the perfect addition to any man's grooming routine.